Columbia College Chicago

Summer Programs

Be creative this summer! In addition to our usual assortment of classes, our weeklong camps are a fun way to experience the arts this summer. From our Summer Arts Garden camps for ages 4-5, the Suzuki Summer String Camp, or the ArtStart Summer Arts Camp, there's something for all young creatives!

Summer Arts Garden - Zoo Moves

Ages 4-5

Did you know that monkeys, penguins and cockatoos can dance? Here’s your chance to move like the animals! In this class, we will experience the joys of creative movement as we explore elements like rhythm, shape, and space. Together, we’ll play fun games and activities, and learn basic dance concepts that will be showcased in a choreographed piece for friends and family at the end of the week. No experience is necessary to participate, but comfortable clothing and bare feet are required.

July 11-15, 2016 9:00 am-12:00 pm l $225


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Summer Arts Garden - Nature Art Studio

Ages 4-5

Get ready to be inspired by the amazing world around you! In this fun and collaborative camp, we will use objects from nature to construct original works of art together. Students will discover their inner artist by exploring a variety of art forms, learning to think creatively, and expressing themselves through visual art. We will showcase students’ work in a Nature Art Studio gallery on the last day of class. No experience is necessary to join! 

July 18-22 2016 , 9:00 am-12:00 pm l $225*

*A $15 materials fee is added to this class.

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Summer Arts Garden - Super Slow Super Sloths – An Original Musical

Ages 4-5

The anteater lost her stash of ants! The rattlesnake misplaced his rattle! Where do animal friends turn when they need a mystery solved? To the Super Sloth Sleuthing Agency, of course. The only problem is that these sloths work so slowly that the animals need to solve their own mysteries. In this camp, your child will participate in theatre activities specifically designed for young children that will help them learn about acting, singing and movement in an audition-free ensemble environment. The camp culminates in a final performance of Super Slow Super Sloths, which is open to the public.

July 25-29, 20169:00 am-12:00 pm l $225

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Summer Arts Garden - Sing 'n Strum

ages 4-5

The ukulele is a fun instrument for little strummers, and a week is the perfect amount of time to begin learning how to play it! In this class, we’ll sing songs, play musical games and learn about all the beautiful sounds the ukulele can make. No experience is necessary to participate, and each child will take care of her/his very own ukulele. You can purchase a ukulele in the color of your choice, or bring your own. At the end of the camp, participants will participate in a concert to show friends and family what they’ve learned.

August 1-5, 2016, 9:00 am-12:00 pm l $225*

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Suzuki Summer String Camp

Ages 4 - 12

July 11-15, 2016
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
*Ages 4-5 have the option to participate in a half day vesion of the camp, from 9 am-12 pm

The Suzuki Summer String Camp, now in its seventh year, is proud to offer fun and innovative classes that will keep your child motivated and engaged in summer study. Our course offerings for violin, viola and cello are built around the Suzuki method, and will offer your child the opportunity to broaden and deepen their musical knowledge. Students must have at least 6 months of previous study on their instrument. 

Classes will include:

  • Semi-private lesson: Students will be grouped by age and level into a small group of 3 - 4 participants. Each student will get a mini-lesson with our experienced instructors, and have the opportunity to work on their solo repertoire. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from one another. Some students may be selected to perform a solo at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Large group lesson: Students will be grouped together by repertoire and work on pre-determined Suzuki pieces to perform at our end-of-camp recital.
  • Eurythmics: A fun and active class that teaches an understanding of music's fundamental concepts, expressive meanings, and deep connections to other arts and activities. Students benefit from this approach which incorporates rhythmic movement, aural training and improvisation.
  • Orchestra: Intermediate level students will improve sight reading and ensemble skills in this fun group setting.
  • Violin fiddlers: Intermediate violin students will broaden their musical horizons and experiment with music from other genres.
  • Chamber Music: Beginner and Intermediate students will benefit from this more intimate music making experience and improve their note reading and ensemble skills.
  • Note reading: Beginner students will have an opportunity to sharpen their sight reading and musicianship skills.

*Class availability will depend on camp enrollment. Semi-private, Large group & Eurythmics classes will run regardless of enrollment.

The Suzuki String Camp will culminate in a final concert on the afternoon of Friday, July 15th.

String Camp Faculty
Martine Benmann
Marija Bubanj
Emilia Blaszak
Kelly Larson
Erica Lessie
Melissa Padgett
Kristern Regester
Nobuaki (Aki) Tanaka

Tuition and Registration
4-12 year olds: Tuition is $500 for the week. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the camp.
4-5 year olds (optional): Tuition for the optional 1/2 day camp is $300 for the week. A $150 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot in the 1/2 day camp.
Financial aid available.

For more questions about the Summer String Camp, please contact Aki Tanaka at

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ArtStart Summer Arts Camp

Ages 6-15

Tap into your child's creative potential this summer! ArtStart Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College Chicago is an immersive and fun arts experience for ages 6-15. Classes take place on Columbia's South Loop campus and include Visual Arts, Media Arts, Music and Dance.

Session 1 runs from June 20-July 15, 2015
Session 2 runs from July 18-August 12, 2016

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